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All posts tagged "Qualcomm"

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 leaks hours before announcement

    US silicon maker Qualcomm is currently enjoying Hawaii, but apart from sipping on mai tais, the company execs are also announcing big news. For one, the name and specs of its next chipset. Set for an official announcement later this evening, it seems that some things just can't stay secret in the tech world anymore. German publication WinFuture, which leaked a comprehensive list of specs, confirmed that the chipset will be called the Snapdragon 855. The 7nm-based node will feature a 5G modem and a built-in NPU (for AI, of course). For gamers, the chipset will come with "Snapdragon Elite Gaming optimisations", sport...

  • Snapdragon 675 benchmarks hit Geekbench

    Last month Qualcomm announced a new mid-range SoC that's set to power phones in the upper mid-range segment. Dubbed the Snapdragon 675, we knew that it would be based on an 11nm process, feature a octacore design with two ARM Cortex-A76 cores, and a slightly weaker Adreno GPU, but we didn't know how it would perform. A new Geekbench benchmark may have just given us some indication. According to the scores, spotted by GSMArena -- 2267 single core and 6103 multicore -- it's more powerful than the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 670 which it's set to replace. The 710, when in the Xiaomi...

  • Qualcomm launches a new Snapdragon chip for smartwatches

    After two years of silence, Qualcomm has finally released a new high-end smartwatch chipset. Dubbed the Snapdragon Wear 3100, it's still based on the 28nm architecture of the 2100, but does include a more "hierarchical" layout with two additional processing cores. "In this hierarchical architecture, the high-performance quad core A7 processor, the highly efficient integrated DSP, and the new ultra-low power co-processor work in conjunction with each other to fundamentally look to re-imagine smartwatch experiences -- enhance existing ones, bring-in new ones -- while supporting extended battery life," the company touts on its product page. This new design enables three additional ambient...

  • Snapdragon 855 benchmarks leak: is it faster than the Kirin 980?

    The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has reportedly been profiled and benchmarked on Geekbench. Scores published to the benchmark site earlier this week allegedly parades some of the chipset's hard performance numbers. The American chipmaker's new silicon outpaces the current Snapdragon 845 by around 50%, scoring 3697 on its single-core performance run. The 845 scores around 2400. Additionally, the 855's multi-core performance numbers is now pushing 10000 points. 10469 to be exact. How does this compare to its rivals? The 855 will be quicker than the HiSilicon Kirin 970, which powers the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 10 Pro. The latter is considerably slower, scoring...

  • Qualcomm’s gunning for Intel’s ultrabook market share with 1000 series

    Smartphone processor king Qualcomm is reportedly coming for Intel and AMD's desktop throne. According to a report by German site WinFuture, the company's readying a chipset called the SDM1000 -- or Snapdragon 1000 series -- for use in larger computing systems, like laptops and ultrabooks. Although the company's already working on the Snapdragon 850 -- a chipset for "always connected experiences" -- it's simply a higher-clocked version of the 845, the chip you'll find in smartphones like the Sony Xperia XZ2 and LG G7 ThinQ. The Snapdragon 1000 seems to be the firm's first proper crack at the laptop market. According to WinFuture,...

  • White House blocks Broadcom, Qualcomm takeover attempt

    It looks like Broadcom's lengthy bid to acquire US chipmaker Qualcomm is finally over, after the White House announced that it has blocked the takeover attempt. The White House noted that a Broadcom-owned Qualcomm "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States". Furthermore, US President Donald Trump noted that the law doesn't provide "adequate and appropriate authority" for him to protect national security in this issue. As a result, any possible deal has simply been blocked. "The proposed takeover of Qualcomm by the Purchaser is prohibited, and any substantially equivalent merger, acquisition, or takeover, whether effected...

  • Qualcomm, Samsung to deliver tiny 7nm 5G chipsets

    The Snapdragon 845 is expected to power a ton of flagship smartphones this year, from Sony and Asus to Samsung and Xiaomi. But the 5G era isn't far away, with industry experts pointing to a 2019 launch at the earliest. The new era will necessitate a new chipset, so Qualcomm has announced the expansion of its relationship with Samsung Foundry to produce Qualcomm's 5G-enabled mobile chipsets. These chipsets will be manufactured on a tiny 7nm process, making it much smaller than the 10nm Snapdragon 845. Generally speaking, a smaller manufacturing process means a smaller, more efficient chip. Benefits of a smaller chip "Using 7LPP EUV...

  • No 64-bit apps, only ARM drivers: Windows 10 on ARM has key limitations

    Back at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, we got some hands-on time with Snapdragon-powered laptops running Windows 10 on ARM. Unfortunately, these machines only had Windows 10 S installed (they get free upgrades to full Windows 10 on ARM), but at the time, we heard that x64 games wouldn't work on ARM devices. Now, Microsoft has issued a since-deleted guideline to Windows 10 on ARM's limitations, spotted by Thurrott.com. And our expectations have certainly been tempered as a result. First of all is the news that Windows 10 on ARM only supports ARM64 drivers. "While ARM OS has the capabilities to emulate x86 user-mode...

  • Qualcomm, Broadcom meeting yields no results on ‘final’ offer

    Earlier this month saw Broadcom make a "best and final" offer to acquire Qualcomm -- an offer that was rejected. But Qualcomm opened the door for a 14 February meeting to discuss further options, so what was the result of that? The US chipmaker delivered a letter to Broadcom (publishing it on their website), giving their thoughts on the 14 February meeting. For one, Qualcomm remains unmoved on its assertion that the US$82 per share price "undervalues" the firm. Qualcomm's letter to Broadcom "In our February 14 meeting, Broadcom reiterated that $82.00 per share is its best and final proposal.  The Board...

  • Snapdragon 845 benchmarked: how does it compare to rival chips?

    The Snapdragon 845 is the chip expected to power dozens of flagship smartphones, from Samsung (well, in the USA) to LG, HTC and Sony. But how much of an improvement is it over the Snapdragon 835 and rival chipsets? Well, Qualcomm invited US media to check out the 2018 chip, with Anandtech leading the charge for benchmark testing. For starters, we see big wins in several CPU-based PCMark tests, such as photo editing (over 17 700, versus second placed Pixel 2 XL's 12 800), performance (8358, compared to Pixel 2 XL's 7130) and web browsing (7946 versus the second placed...